Buri Ram (“City of Happiness”) is a town (thesaban mueang) in Thailand
Buri Ram (“City of Happiness”) is a town (thesaban mueang) in Thailand, capital of the Buriram Province, about 410-km northeast of Bangkok. The town covers the whole tambon Nai Mueang of Mueang Buriram district. As of 2012, it has a population of 34,333.
Almost a thousand years ago, the Khmer Empire conquered the present-day Buriram area. Many ruins from that time attest to the destruction. The most significant of them is on an extinct volcano and is protected in the Phanom Rung Historical Park. According to inscriptions found, Buriram’s ruler recognised the hegemony of the Khmer Empire’s emperor. Before the ascent of Bangkok, little was known about Buriram. In the early Bangkok Period, in the early 19th century, the town originally called Muang Pae, was renamed Buriram. Then it came under Thai rule. After administrative reforms in the late 19th century, Buriram was incorporated into Siam as a province.
The town is located on the northeastern railway line, and it also has a regional airport, Buriram Airport. Much of the local economy is still agricultural and the tourist industry that is a prominent feature in much of the rest of the country has yet to make a significant impact. Key agricultural crops include rice and cassava. The main languages spoken in Buriram are Central Thai, Lao, and Khmer.
Buriram has a post office, TOT, the national Telecom Company, a CAT Office and 3 radio stations; Radio Thailand AM on Niwas St and Radio Thailand FM on Jira St.
There are many houses, which have a running water supply (known as town water) in Buriram. Huai Jorakhamak Reservoir is the important water supply and Huai Talat Reservoir is the reserve water supply.
Lower Northeastern Cultural Centre
The Centre collects and exhibits artefacts and precious historical objects, folk art and archaeological evidence. It is also the resource centre for conducting research.
The Monument of King Rama I
The monument was built in 1996 to honour King Rama I who founded Buri Ram while he was serving as Somdet Phraya Maha Kasatsuek.
Khao Kradong Forest Park
This extinct volcano is now a relaxation spot. The top is 265 metres above sea level and it houses “Phra Suphattharabophit”, a large Buddha image that is the symbol of Buri Ram.
From the entrance to Khao Kradong, there is a junction on the left side to “Bunyanusat” Boy Scout camp and a zoo.
Huai Talat Reservoir and Buri Ram Bird Park
A survey found more than 100 species of birds living in this area during the dry season, which lasts from November to April.
Phanom Rung Historical Park is located between Amphoe Nang Rong and Amphoe Prakhkon Chai at the right-turn on Km.83-84 of Highway No.24 and twelve kilometers further on. The well-known Prasat Hin Pranom Rung is on the top of the Pranom Rung Mount. It is a walled-in enclosure, with both the door frames and walls carved in beautiful designs of Lopburi Period style with Khmer influence. It is thought that it was originally built as an idol temple according to Brahminic belief. Within the Prasat, or castle, is a throne hall built in the 12th century A.D. The beauty of the main prang of Phanom Rung lies not only in its plan, but in the vibrant stone carvings which cover large parts of the temple. Many lintels and pediments depict episodes from Indian texts such as the Ramayana, and the Puranas.
Prasat Hin Muang Tam, is located some 18 kilometers from Prasat Hin Phanom Rung. The sanctuary is also walled in. Within the compound are four ponds while the structure itself was made of old-style brick. Door frames, wall surfaces and stone surfaces in the ponds are carved in beautiful designs. It is believed to have been constructed in the 11th century.
Tao Sawai and Tao Nai Chian Ancient Kilns located 5 and 10 kilometers away from Amphoe Ban Kruat, have been excavated by fine arts Department. The kilns had been used in the production of glazed potteries during the period of Khmer dominance in this area, about the 9th to the 12th centuries AD.
Prang Ku Suan Taeng is located at Tambon Thong Luang in Amphoe Phutthaisong. The three pagodas were erected of brick and mortar in the Khmer style. Their door panels are caved, depicting episodes from the epic of Ramakian (Ramayana). The exquisitely carved relief, Narai Bantomsin, once stolen and sold abroad, has now been returned and kept at the National Museum in Bangkok.
Phra Suphatthara Bophit is enshrined atop Khao Kradong Mount, about six Kilometers from town on the Buri Ram Prakhon Chai Highway. A winding road leads up to the mount top. A replica of the Holy Footprint is also placed here.
Buriram is in the central of Buriram Province. Buriram doesn’t have any important rivers, but it has a creek, Huai Jorakhamak. Important waters in the town such as Buriram Moat
(or Klong La Lom), Nong Prue, Huai Jorakheaak Reservoir and Huai Talat Reservoir.
Buriram has three seasons; Summer Season from February to May, Rainy Season from May to October and Winter Season from October to February.
Thesaban Mueang Buriram Child Development Centre.
Buriram Hospital Child Development Centre.
Pre-primary and Primary
Buriram Kindergarten School.
Hua Khiaw School.
Thesaban 3 School.
Anuban Theera School.
Buriram Ratjabhat University Demonstration School.
Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary
Marie Anusorn School.
Thesaban 1 School.
Thesaban 2 School.
Trai Kam Sittisil School.
Thesaban 1 School.
Buriram Bhitthayakom School.
Isan Koson Suksa School.
Buriram Technical College.
Buriram Rajabhat University.
Wat Klang Buriram Buddhist School.
Wat Isan Buddhist School.
Wat Thammatheeraram Buddhist School.
Buriram Hospital has 750 patient beds
Thesaban Mueang Buriram Health Centre.
66 Health clinics.
One Thai Traditional Medicine Centre
There are many shopping malls in Buriram, consist of Big C, Makro, Home Pro, Tesco Lotus Express and Taweekit, the local shopping mall of Buriram Province.
Buriram has a football club, Buriram United F.C. with 2 stadiums, I-mobile Stadium (Closed) and Thunder Castle Stadium. Buriram Provincial Swimming Pool
Northeastern Kite Festival held annually in early December at Huai Chorakhe Mak Reservoir, Amphoe Muang, the festival is featured by a competition of kite procession composed of local vehicles decorated with various kinds of kites. A beauty contest and an Aek kite competition are also scheduled. Aek kite (ancient yoke shaped kite) when flown in the air looks like 2 kites attached to each other. Activities include kite shows and cultural performances.
Buriram Traditional Boat races this annual regatta is stage on the Mun River in Amphoe Satuk during the first weekend of November. Celebration include processions and cultural performances as well as elephants swimming race.
Getting to Buriram:
from Bangkok, take Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Highway No.2 (Mittraphap Road) to Nakhon Ratchasima.В Then turn right onto Highway No.24 on the Chok Chai-Det Udom Road, and another rightВ to Buriram. The total distance is 410 km. A new route is from Nakhon Ratchasima on Highway No.226 past Amphoe Chakkarat, Huai Thalaeng and Lam Plai Mat. The distance on this route is only 384 km.
The Transport Co. operates a daily Bangkok-Buriram bus service. For more information, contract Tel 2710101-5 (regular bus) and 2794484-7 (air-condition bus).
Express, rapid and ordinary trains are available to Buriram from
Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani. Air-conditioned diesel coaches on the Surin-Bangkok can be taken daily. The distance is 376 km.
Nok Airlines operates flight between Bangkok and Buriram.
Call +662-900-9955 for further information.
Nang Rong Tourist Information Centre
8/1 Soi Srikul (Behind Ban Nong Ree School), Amphoe Nang Rong
Tel. (044) 624-057
Buriram Cultural Centre, Buriram Ratchaphat Institute, Amphoe Muang,
Tel. (044) 611-221В
Buriram Provincial Office, City Hall, Amphoe Muang Tel (044) 620-195, 620-431
Buriram Rung Tourist Service Centre, Phanom Rung Historical Park, Amphoe Chalerm Phakiet, Tel. (044) 631-746
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